Roberts exits, too
Orioles second baseman Brian
Roberts exited Monday’s series opener against the Blue Jays prior to the ninth
inning, after being struck in the right knee by Jason Frasor’s pitch in the
bottom of the eighth inning.
Roberts was hit by Frasor’s first-pitch
fastball and limped gingerly to first base where he was greeted by assistant
athletic trainer Brian Ebel and manager Buck Showalter. Roberts took several
steps off the bag to test his knee but remained in the tie game, representing
the go-ahead run. Ensuring batter Robert
Andino flied out to end the frame and Roberts did not return.
The O’s offensive catalyst, Roberts
belted a solo homer in the first inning and singled in the third. He exited
with a .286 batting average, including four homers and 15 RBIs despite missing
the entire first half with a herniated disc in his lower back.